Course Information

Who is the course for?

The greenkeeping and golf industry provides the perfect opportunity to work in a wide range of environmental situations with links, parkland and heathland golf courses throughout the UK. Apprenticeship programmes help in the training of young people who are able to undertake a range of responsibilities from craft level operations through to supervisory roles. College training is carried out at our Cannington Centre and makes full use of the College's excellent sports turf resources.

This programme is designed for anyone who has a keen interest in the greenkeeping and golf industry and prefers combining her/his practical abilities with the development of knowledge and understanding of greenkeeping activities.

What will I study on the course?

You will cover the following subject areas:
• Maintaining the health of sports turf
• Presenting and repairing sports turf
• Use and maintain equipment and machinery
• Prepare and operate a tractor and attachments.
• Health and safety
• Developing personal performance
• Establishing plants outdoors.
You will attend College one day a week and work with your employer for four days each week. If you do not have a job, the College may be able to help you find one. You will be paid a wage.

What is special about studying at Bridgwater College?

As a Bridgwater College Apprentice, you will have access to the full range of support and facilities available to full time students - this includes:
• A high quality commercial golf course
• Excellent IT facilities - one of the most sophisticated RM computer networks in the country
• A lively and stimulating environment in which to make new friends to help you through your first year of work
• Access to a large modern learning resources centre
• Tutorial support and guidance as well as the individual support from your Training Officer
• Access to a wide variety of extra curricular activities.

What other skills will I acquire?

As an Apprentice, you will also develop a wide range of broader work skills. These are called Functional Skills and will be assessed in College. You will gain Functional Skills qualifications in:
• Communication in the workplace
• Handling numbers.

What will I need for the course?

You should be educated to GCSE level and you will need to complete an initial assessment at College, which will help us guide you to the most appropriate programme to meet your needs.

How will I be assessed?

There are no exams with NVQs. You are assessed on your knowledge and skills on an ongoing basis and will obtain evidence that you can meet the required standards throughout your training. There will be examinations for some of the additional qualifications. You will be appointed an Assessor who will visit you in your workplace and assess your progress on a regular basis. One day a week you will come into College to work on your qualifications. You will also be allocated a Training Officer who will oversee your training. Your Training Officer will see you at least once every two months, to review your progress and help you with any problems you might have.

How long is the course?

The Apprenticeship ends when you have completed all of the necessary components of the course. This is typically about two years. The pace of your progress will depend on you!

Will this course lead to a qualification?

The NVQ is one of the qualifications you will get on an Apprenticeship programme. NVQs are based on what you do in the workplace and were developed by employers because they wanted young people with experience and qualifications that related to their field of work. There are different levels of NVQ and you will be assessed to see which level is right for you. Bridgwater College offers:
• NVQ Level 2, which is referred to as an Apprenticeship and is equivalent to four or five GCSEs at Grade A* - C. This level will show you are competent in a significant range of work activities in a variety of situations.
• You will also study for First Aid and FEPA.

Can this course lead directly to a job?

The NVQs are widely recognised in the golf greenkeeping industry and an Assistant Greenkeeper can earn up to £16,000 a year and a Head Greenkeeper/Course Manager up to £25,000 a year. NVQs can also count towards university entrance for degree level qualifications.

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